9 Romantic & Free Places to Go in Ireland
Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is one of the most romantic lands on Earth. Its verdant hills and rugged landscape evoke feelings of love. Whether you are a native of Ireland or a visitor, there are several free romantic destinations that you cannot afford to miss. Experience the best of Irish dating in these incredible locations.
The Lakes of Killarney
Located in County Kerry, the Lakes of Killarney are known around the world for their haunting beauty. The Lakes include Upper Lake, Muchross Lake, and Lough Leane. These three lakes are ringed by rugged mountains, giving visitors a number of panoramic viewpoints to look out over the lakes and valleys. Be sure to stop at Ladies’ View, just above Upper Lake, and take in the famous view.
Trinity College Dublin
For a memorable night, stroll through the grounds of Trinity College in Dublin. Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the seven ancient universities of the British Isles. The well-maintained grounds complement the classical buildings on the 47-acre grounds of Trinity College. Walk through green meadows, watch the bustling students and admire the stately buildings while visiting Trinity College.
Slieve League, located in County Donegal, is the lesser-known cousin to the Cliffs of Moher. At Slieve League, you can stroll along the 600-metre tall sea cliffs and look out over the Atlantic Ocean with your beloved. Take a midday stroll along the cliffs with the distant sound of waves crashing below you, and you’ll wonder why anyone would bother with the crowded and expensive Cliffs of Moher.
The Hill of Tara
This lush green hill was said to be the gathering place of the High Kings of Ireland. Although you won’t find any grand monuments at the Hill of Tara, one look at the Hill will show you why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. You’ll be immersed in greenery as you make your way to the summit. From the summit, you’ll be able to see nearly a quarter of Ireland.
Slemish, located in County Antrim, rises above the local landscape, daring lovers to conquer the mountain and sample its views. This ancient volcanic plug rises over 400 metres above the surrounding plains. While ascending the mountain, you can enjoy close encounters with members of Slemish’s thriving bird population. From the top of the mountain, you can experience panoramic views of the surrounding county and the western Scottish coastline.
Located on the very southernmost edge of Dublin Bay, Killiney Hill will transport you into a heavenly plane of existence. From the top of the 150 metre hill, you can see the entirety of Dublin Bay in all its glory. To the northeast, you can overlook the city of Dublin. To the east lies the Irish Sea, and to the south you’ll see the Wicklow Mountains. For an even better view, climb to the observation deck of the obelisk that tops the hill.
Located in Leitrim, this breathtaking waterfall and the equally stunning lake it feeds into are not to be missed. Framed by verdant cliffs, this waterfall drapes down several steps like a silk curtain before finally plunging into a calm and deep pool. The Glencar Waterfall can be reached via an easy hike, and parking is free.
Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church
This charming little church, located in Dublin, is a must-see destination for any couple. This church houses several relics of St. Valentine himself, the originator of love’s holiday. Couples regularly make the pilgrimage to this church to pledge their love in front of St. Valentine’s shrine.
What could be more romantic than pledging your love at the end of the Earth? Dunmore Head is the westernmost point of Europe and was thought for centuries to be the end of the Earth. Gaze out across the Atlantic Ocean on the edge of Ireland on this picturesque peninsula.